Windows are one of the most common surfaces that we apply graphics to, but they are also one of the most difficult because of their high surface tension. But even this application could be easier with a few simple techniques.

First follow the steps outlined in the video “Creating a Clean Zone”. Now, let’s install a large printed graphic that will be viewed only from the outside of the glass. Water is not necessary for this application because the streaks left behind by the squeegee won’t be seen.

This means you can use vinyl with a water based or an air egress adhesive, but this is still a difficult application because of the high energy surface of the glass. Even adhesive that are designed to be repositionable can become permanent very quickly.

Begin by taping the graphic in place. Long graphics tend to creep up or down so be sure to make lots of registration marks to help you stay on track.

The key to an easy dry window application is adhesive management. Only expose the minimum amount of adhesive necessary so that you are in control of the application at all times.

I do this by using a back-slitting tool called “the bodyguard knife”. This tool allows me to choose where I want to start the application by cutting only the liner.

Now that a manageable section of the graphic is applied in the center, I can apply it in either direction, removing only as much liner as I want, staying in complete control of the application.

By controlling the amount of adhesive that is exposed, you can make even the largest window graphic an easy application.

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Ritchie Daize

Ritchie got his start 23 years ago working at a small sign shop weeding cut vinyl and building signs. When the shop got a contract for a large fleet, Ritchie became the lead applicator for the project. Soon after, he opened his own graphics installation company called RD Installations. Ritchie became a leading expert in wrap application and fleet graphics. In 2008, Ritchie sold RD Installations and began working for Arlon.

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Ritchie Daize

Ritchie got his start 23 years ago working at a small sign shop weeding cut vinyl and building signs. When the shop got a contract for a large fleet, Ritchie became the lead applicator for the project. Soon after, he opened his own graphics installation company called RD Installations. Ritchie became a leading expert in wrap application and fleet graphics. In 2008, Ritchie sold RD Installations and began working for Arlon.

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